Gita Rani Bhattacharya has been working in the field of gender and development. She has been heading the programme Mahila Samakhya meant for rural women empowerment in the state of Assam since 1996. She has also successfully completed research projects during her service tenure. Presently, she is holdong the position of honorary member in many non-government organzations woring in the development sector.
Monisha Behal is a founder member of North East Network. Travelling widely in rural areas of India, Monisha conducted research, gave talks and produced several papers to highlight issues of the North East. She initiated several projects on women’s development within the region, one of which has grown into a significant community based initiative in Nagaland.
Joshomayee has been an Associate Professor at the Indian Institute of Bank Management , Guwahati. She has been involved in research and training, particularly in the areas of Tribal & Hill Areas Development, Planning, and Micro-finance. She has a number of research projects, a book and a number of published/ unpublished research articles to her credit. She was also the member of the first women’s commission in Assam.
Banu Haralu is a pioneering television journalist from Northeast India. She has been involved with conservation issues in Nagaland since she returned to her home state in 2010. She pioneered a bird and wildlife survey for the government that led to the publishing of the ‘Birds of Nagaland’. Bano formed the Nagaland Wildlife Biodiversity Conservation Trust (NWBCT) in 2013 and serves as its managing trustee.
She has dedicated over a decade of her life, working on gender issues as a trainer, gender sensitizing institutions as well as advocating for gender mainstreaming in policies and programs. Since the beginning of the journey of NEN, she has been a strength to the organisation.
An M.Phil scholar in Sociology and a lecturer at St.Edmund’s College, Shillong, Iamon has been involved in various academic bodies of schools and Colleges in Meghalaya. She is a member of various churches and of organisations such as the Meghalaya Women’s Alliance, Committee member of the State Commission for Women and of the Human Rights Committee, constituted by Guwahati High Court, 2003 for Statutory Safeguards. Iamon has published articles on two edited books on Matriliny and poems with the Sahitya Academy.
She began her career as a social worker in a community based organisation in Chirang district of Assam. She works on women rights, community organisation, capacity building of grassroots development practitioners and feminist counseling. She is currently an associate professor in the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Guwahati.
Dr AmiyaKr Sharma
Amiya Kr. Sharma is a development worker, presently holding the post of Executive Director of RGVN, a well known development support institution. He has an M.A. degree from the Delhi School of Economics and a Ph.D. from Rutgers University, U.S.A. having taught in Delhi University, Rutgers University and Tezpur University, he switched career to join NEDFi. Attracted by the grassroot work, he joined RGVN. He is a member of the National Committee on Social & Economic Development, Ministry of Finance, Govt. of India and has been the Chairperson of Sa-Dhan from 2011 – 13.
Rakhee Kalita Moral has taught literature and culture at Cotton University ( erstwhile Cotton College), Guwahati in Assam for over two decades. Having begun academic research, at the time she joined Cotton College as a Lecturer, on American poetry and society which earned her a PhD on TS Eliot, Rakhee's interests soon veered towards postcolonial societies and focussed particularly on gender and conflict.